How To Know If Your Dog Is Getting Enough Exercise: 5 Signs That Show You're Not Doing Enough

Do you know how often you should walk your dog? Dogs need anywhere between 30 minutes to two hours of walking per day depending on their age and breed. Pet obesity falls in the range of 22%-44% and is continuing to climb according to a 2019 study by the British Veterinary Association. Overweight dogs, as with humans, are at risk of having a shorter lifespan and having multiple health issues.

How do you know if your dog is getting enough exercise? There are many signals your dog sends out to convey that they’re approaching the danger zone.

Here are five that tell you if your dog is not getting enough exercise apart from obvious indicators like weight gain.

Destructive behavior

Dogs act out in different ways when they are restless and bored. They might chew on your cushions or furniture and display aggressive behavior towards people and other animals. Eliminate other causes for such behavior like anxiety or fear and then ramp up their exercise. Keep track of their weight levels and monitor their moods as the numbers drop.

Excessive panting

Dogs with a weight issue will have trouble breathing even for the smallest of movements because their stamina is limited. Physical exertion causes stress on the cardiovascular system and limits the flow of fresh oxygen. It also taxes their joints and can quicken the onset of arthritis and chronic pain. Mobility issues where your dog takes time to sit or stand are also early indicators of their deteriorating healt